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How Do Social Networks Compare To The Global Economy? [INFOGRAPHIC] Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 August 2013 20:09

International Social Media State Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:34

May El-Khalil: Making peace is a marathon Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:09

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.



Why you should listen to her:

The beautiful city of Beirut, Lebanon, has seen its share of tragedy, as a seat of Lebanon's long-running civil war (1975-1990) and the Israeli-Lebanese conflict that came to a head in 2006. But in 2003, May El-Khalil, a local sports official, decided: It's time to start a marathon, open to all, as an antidote to sectarianism. And despite ongoing political and security pressure, the Beirut Marathon, now entering its 11th year, has become not only the largest running event in the Middle East but a powerful force for peace.

El-Khalil was inspired to start the marathon after a personal tragedy: a near-fatal running accident. Doctors told her she would never run again. She was hospitalized for two years and had to undergo a long series of surgeries. But the resolve from this personal struggle created an event that, each year, draws runners and fans from opposing political and religious communities in a symbolic act of peace. Case in point: In 2012, on a rainy and windy November day, more than 33,000 runners turned out. Other countries around the region are now thinking of replicating this model.

A Definitive Look At Big Data In 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC] Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 August 2013 21:02

The concept of Big Data applies to nearly every business sector, from retail and healthcare to sports and politics

The solution use Business analytics!




The Rise Of Social Commerce – Incredible Statistics, Facts & Figures [INFOGRAPHIC] Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:47

A Brief History Of Social Media (1969-2012) Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 July 2013 22:21

The Safra Dynasty: The Mysterious Family Of The Richest Banker In The World Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:10

Joseph Safra is the richest banker in the world, according to Forbes.

And, incidentally, the name Safra means yellow, or gold, in Arabic.

Convenient. Especially since the illustrious family has had their hand in the gold trade since the Ottoman Empire, facilitating trade throughout the Middle East.

Notorious for their stable yet clandestine banking operations, the mysterious Safra family continues today as a fortress of banking successes.

But the real question on everyone’s mind is this: how has such an illustrious family, at times seeped in scandal, managed to remain so mysterious to the public eye. And what transpired to cause the untimely death of its golden boy, Edmond Safra?

The Safra dynasty started in the Ottoman Empire with Joseph Safra's great-great grandfather

The Safra dynasty, as it's known today, was born with banking mogul Joseph Safra’s (b. 1939) great-great grandfather well over a century ago.

The Lebanese Jewish family became the most trusted bankers of the Ottoman Empire, most notable for facilitating trade between Alexandria, Aleppo and Istanbul. 

Source: The Guardian

When the Empire fell apart, Joseph's father, Jacob, fled to Beirut to start another bank

When the Empire fell apart, Joseph's father, Jacob, fled to Beirut to start another bank

Beirut's Gran Serail Solidere, 1930

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When the Ottoman empire began to unravel at the beginning of the twentieth century, Jacob Safra (father of Joseph and brother Edmond Safra) separated himself from the family business, Safra Freres et Cie. to open the Jacob E. Safra Bank in Beirut.

Jacob’s son Edmond joined the business at the ripe young age of 16 and quickly took over the institution's precious metals division.  

Source: The Guardian

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